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Investigate fully Norway's role in Sri Lanka and withdraw

[b]Investigate fully Norway's role in Sri Lanka and withdraw from monitoring mission -- Hoglund, Norway's Progress Party spokesperson for foreign affairs [/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Pressure is mounting within Norway to withdraw from its dual role of ”peace facilitator" and "peace monitor".

LTTE blames everyone except itself

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

LTTE political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan is reported to have blamed
the recent incidents of violence and killings on the Sri Lanka Army,
alleging that it was the army which encouraged the armed groups and
their activities in the North and East and now these groups are going
berserk creating unrest in these areas, thereby creating a very grave
situation which could even lead to the collapsing of the Ceasefire
Agreement.Post your comments

ASEAN's Assistance to resolve Burma crisis welcomed

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Southeast Asian leaders' call to the Burmese junta to expedite democratic reforms and release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other detainees has been welcomed by Burmese democratic groups particularly National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB), which is delighted at the plans to send a ASEAN mission to Burma to assess the ground situation. Post your comments

Nepal's media ordinance a cover to illegal govt pratices: ICJ

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has released a report "Power to Silence: Nepal's new Media Ordinance" that states that through the media ordinance promulgated in October, the Nepalese government is trying to squeeze the legitimate democratic space to speak and write.

Colombo Port to dredge North Channel to reduce delay

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) is planning to dredge the North
Channel to 13 meters depth to enable larger vessels to visit Colombo
Port, the Board of Investment (BOI) announced on Wednesday.

Pak renews support to Iran-EU talks

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai Reporting to Asian Tribune

Pakistan has reiterated its support for the Iran-European Union nuclear dialogue, and hoped that it would be resumed soon and would lead to an amicable solution. Post your comments

Dallas Allahapperuma replaces Lakshman Kadirgamar

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to appoint former
Deputy Minister of Samurdhi Dallas Allahapperuma to the vacant
national list MP post of the United People’s Freedom Alliance’ (UPFA) which became vacant following the death of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was killed by the LTTE.Post your comments

New Year to begin on positive note for India, Pakistan

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

India and Pakistan will begin 2006 on a positive note going by the present indications. The two countries will open consulates in each others' commercial capitals – Mumbai by Pakistan and Karachi by India. New Delhi has already named a senior Foreign Service officer of the rank of joint secretary, Navdeep Suri as its Consul General for Karachi, Pakistan is sending a senior diplomat Jauhar Salim to head its consulate to be located at the busy Nariman Point, not far away from the historic Gateway of India.Post your comments

Investigate fully Norway's role in Sri Lanka and withdraw from monitoring mission -- Hoglund, Norway's Progress Party spokesperson for foreign affairs

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Pressure is mounting within Norway to withdraw from its dual role of ”peace facilitator" and "peace monitor". Political sources in Norway are also insisting that Norway's role in Sri Lankan should be investigated thoroughly. Norwegian media too has begun to expose the devious attempts of the Norwegian government assisting the LTTE with finances, military and technical equipment and covering-up its violations of human rights in the name of peace process going nowhere. Post your comments

Pak opposition against Musharraf third term

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Main opposition in Pakistan, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six mainstream religious parties, has reiterated that President Gen Pervez Musharraf could not contest election for third consecutive presidential term after 2007 and demanded his resignation in the best interest of the nation.

Assam polls to be held early next year: "Criminalization of politics is a menace:" CEC

By Lakhyajit Gohain – Reporting for Asian Tribune

The Chief Election Commissioner of India today indicated that the Assembly election in Assam would be held early next year and said the Election Commission would take all aspects into consideration, including festivals and examination schedule, before taking a decision on the timing of the election.

FCO advises extreme caution to travelers to Nepal

In a travel advisory issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Wednesday, travelers to Nepal have been advised to observe extreme caution and vigilance during their travel or stay in Nepal given the highly volatile situation in the country. Post your comments

New Year to begin on positive note for India, Pakistan

[b]New Year to begin on positive note for India, Pakistan[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]India and Pakistan will begin 2006 on a positive note going by the present indications. The two countries will open consulates in each others' commercial capitals – Mumbai by Pakistan and Karachi by India.

Dallas Allahapperuma replaces Lakshman Kadirgamar

[b]Dallas Allahapperuma replaces Lakshman Kadirgamar [/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 15 DEcember, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to appoint former Deputy Minister of Samurdhi Dallas Allahapperuma to the vacant national list MP post of the United People’s Freedom Alliance’ (UPFA) which became vacant following the death of for

Pak renews support to Iran-EU talks

[b]Pak renews support to Iran-EU talks [/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai Reporting to Asian Tribune

[b]Islamabad, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Pakistan has reiterated its support for the Iran-European Union nuclear dialogue, and hoped that it would be resumed soon and would lead to an amicable solution.

LTTE blames everyone except itself

[b]LTTE blames everyone except itself[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

[b]Colombo, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com);[/b] LTTE political wing leader S.P.

FCO advises extreme caution to travelers to Nepal

[b]FCO advises extreme caution to travelers to Nepal[/b]

[b]Kathmandu, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] In a travel advisory issued by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Wednesday, travelers to Nepal have been advised to observe extreme caution and vigilance during their travel or stay in Nepal given the highly volatile situation in the country.

ASEAN's Assistance to resolve Burma crisis welcomed

[b]ASEAN's Assistance to resolve Burma crisis welcomed[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Southeast Asian leaders' call to the Burmese junta to expedite democratic reforms and release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other detainees has been welcomed by Burmese democratic groups particularly National Coalition Government of Union of Burma (NCGUB), which

Frank candid discussions mark ASEAN summit

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

The 11th summit of ASEAN nations was marked by candid and frank discussions with the Malaysian host, Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi setting the tone with his call for 'One Vision, One Identity and One Community'.

LTTE fire at an Air Force helicopter

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Tamil Tiger rebels at around 3.10 p.m. on Wednesday fired small
arms on an MI-17 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force while it was on
its way to Arugambay, Ampara to pick the Deputy Foreign Minister of
Italy, Ms Margarita Boniver and her entourage who are on an official
visit to the area. The twenty-member delegation was dropped at
Arugambay this morning at around 10.30 a.m.


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